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Functional Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance Accredited | April 6 - 16, 2024 | Portugal
With Esther Ekhart & Marcel van de Vis Heil


Join us for an extraordinary journey as we bring together two renowned teachers, Esther Ekhart and Marcel van de Vis Heil, in a new and unique training. This is your chance to embark on a transformative yoga teacher training that blends their extensive knowledge, expertise, and years of experience into one exceptional program.

Esther Ekhart is a renowned global authority in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, with a reputation for providing exceptional guidance both online and offline. She has captivated countless students with her online classes, retreats, and training for over 20 years. Her teachings have empowered thousands to not only deepen their understanding of yoga but also discover profound insights within themselves.


Marcel van de Vis Heil, a master instructor with over two decades of teaching and training experience, focuses on a scientific and philosophical approach to yoga education. His programs provide a strong foundation in functional anatomy, allowing you to practice and teach poses safely and efficiently.

Together, Esther and Marcel present a 100-hour, Yoga Alliance Accredited, Functional Hatha-Vinyasa Teacher Training that will empower you to become the most authentic and skilled yoga teacher you can be. This comprehensive course covers yoga theory, philosophy, movement, anatomy, and self-inquiry techniques, all aimed at unleashing your full potential. Discover below how you can transform this into a comprehensive 200-hour certification.  

Immerse yourself in this life-changing training at our idyllic Portuguese home base, the D'Alijo retreat center. This serene sanctuary is specifically designed to create an environment where students can fully focus on their studies and personal growth. Leave behind the worries of everyday life as we take care of your lodging and nourishment, and even provide access to D'Alijo's incredible therapists for rejuvenating treatments.

Here's a glimpse of what awaits you

Your Teachers


Experience the magic of
Functional Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga brings dynamic movement, cardiovascular activity, and coordination to the forefront. It's a physical practice that cultivates strength, stamina, and creativity through seamless sequencing. On the other hand, Hatha Yoga offers a slightly more static approach, allowing you to delve deeper into poses and explore the subtleties of feeling what is happening inside your body and mind..

Yoga Alliance Accreditation Options

At our Portuguese home base, The D'alijo Centre, we offer two distinct programs on an alternating yearly basis. The first program is a 100-hour functional Hatha-Vinyasa yoga teacher training (2024), while the second program, held the following year, focuses on Yin yoga, mindfulness, chakras, and meridians (2025), also spanning 100 hours. These training sessions take place in Portugal every April.

The best part is that you have the flexibility to choose either program individually, each comprising 100 hours, or combine them for a comprehensive 200-hour training.

To learn more about the 200-hour training click here. 

You are very welcome to join us on this journey of self-discovery and professional growth. Our teacher training programs provide a solid foundation for your yoga teaching career, empowering you to inspire and guide others with confidence and authenticity.

Functional Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

What You'll Learn

In this training, you will learn:

  • The 14 skeletal segments and their movements.

  • How to identify compression in these segments and adapt poses accordingly, if required.

  • The functions of the 10 myofascial groups.

  • The seven groups of poses, including their function, modifications, and adjustments.

  • Authentic movement practices.

  • Sequencing a Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class.

  • Teaching a Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class.

  • Mindfulness techniques.

  • Meditation practices.

  • The fundamentals of yoga philosophy.

  • The relevance of the Sutras of Patanjali in our modern lives.

  • Mindfulness practices.

  • Online teaching methods.

  • Online technology for yoga instruction.

  • How to effectively incorporate music into your classes.


April 6: Day 1

  • 16:00: Welcome at D'Alijo

  • 18:00-19:00: Group gathering in the studio

  • 19:00-21:00: Dinner

April 7 - 15: Day 2-9

  • 7:30-8:00: Meditation

  • 8:00-9:00: Breakfast

  • 9:30-12:30: Lecture/Workshop/Class

  • 13:00-14:00: Lunch

  • 16:30-19:00: Lecture/Workshop/Class

  • 20:00-21:00: Lecture/Workshop (not daily)

April 16: Day 10

  • 7:00-7:30: Meditation

  • 7:30-8:30: Breakfast

  • 8:30: Departure according to flight times

Functional Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Requirements, Pricing & Registration



To participate in this training, it is necessary to meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 1 year of steady yoga practice with a teacher.

  • Regular and consistent self-practice of yoga, at least 3 times a week.

  • Proficiency in any hatha-based style of yoga.


These requirements ensure that you have a solid foundation and dedication to the practice, enabling you to fully benefit from and contribute to the training experience.



  1. Twin Share: Immerse yourself in a supportive and communal environment with our Twin Share option, priced at EUR 2800. Share your experience with a fellow student.

  2. Single Occupancy (Shared Facilities): Enjoy the tranquillity of your own space while still benefiting from shared facilities. The shared facilities, including the living room and bathroom, are shared among a maximum of three people in one of the mountain lodges. Indulge in privacy and convenience for just EUR 3070.

  3. Single Room (En-suite Facilities): Treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation with our Single Room option, complete with en-suite facilities. Unwind and recharge in your own private haven in one of the main house rooms or in a river cabin for EUR 3270.

  4. Garden Suites: Elevate your training experience with our luxurious Garden Suites, designed to provide a serene environment. Bask in comfort and elegance for only EUR 3420.

NOTE: As the training is happening in less than three months, payment is required in fullRead about our Teacher Training Terms & Conditions and Booing & Payment Policies here.

About The Location

D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center is a peaceful retreat located amidst stunning Portuguese nature. Spread across three hectares of land with terraces, olive fields, and hills adorned with large rock formations.


Accommodation options include cozy wooden chalet-style houses, cabins, and rooms tastefully decorated. They are situated in the serene rural areas of the retreat grounds, within walking distance from the Yoga Studio, swimming pool, and main house. All rooms come with lovely outside verandas.


Transportation options from the airport to the retreat center:

  • Transfer service offered by D'Alijo: Provide your flight information for the transport list (this will be asked a week before the training starts). There may be a short wait for other flights, but we minimize the waiting time. If you're already in Portugal or Porto, we can meet you at the airport.

  • Transfer price: Approximately €40-€60 shared. Unless you need a private car which will be EUR110 per car. This is one way.


Other options include:

  • Renting a car: This can be cost-effective, but local companies may require a substantial deposit.

  • Public transportation: Take the metro and train to Guimaraes, then a taxi (uber) to the retreat location. Also it can possibly be cheaper to organise your own taxi from Porto airport.

  • For the address and location of D'Alijo, please visit Google Maps


We Are Proud Tree Sisters

By booking an in-person training with us, you are actively contributing to the global tree-planting efforts led by Tree Sisters. For every individual attending our retreats and trainings, we make a donation on your behalf.


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